Former UConn forward Rudy Gay spent a few minutes before Saturday night’s UConn-Syracuse game chatting with the media. Gay officially entered the “Huskies of Honor” Saturday and was on hand for the festivities.
Here are a few of Gay’s comments:
— On the place in Husky history:
“I took pride in what I did when I was here and had a lot of fun,” Gay said. “It kind of makes you feel kind of old.”
— On the difference between playing in college and the NBA:
“It was a lot more fun. Playing a game, going back to your apartment with your teammates,” Gay said. “Now it’s a job,” Gay said.
— Gay, for one, doesn’t think UConn coach Jim Calhoun is done coaching despite his scheduled back surgery.
“He’s not going to be finished until he says he’s finished,” Gay said. “His back or anything else is not going to stop him from coaching. It’s going to be his decision.”
— Gay admits he keeps tabs on his old college team.
“I still watch them all the time,” Gay said. “In the league it’s like an automatic bet. Especially on my team the last couple of years, I’ve always had someone from the Big East. This year it’s Dante Cunningham (Villanova).
UConn’s overtime win earned Gay a reward, it seems.
“I won a dinner last week,” Gay said. “Keep those dinners coming.”
Like many, Gay admits he had higher hopes for the current team.
“I think we all kind of expected them to do more,” Gay said. “But I know this when I was here, no matter how much talent they have, they’re young. They’re very young.”
— Gay mentioned that he’d like to see all of the Huskies, including Jeremy Lamb and Andre Drummond, stick around for a while.
“I think if this teams pulls together it’ll be one of the best,” Gay said. “Hopefully these guys stay together for a while. If they do, they’ll be a tough team to beat.”
Gay said he’s often thought about what might have been if he had stayed one more year in Storrs.